It can be remembered last year that the TePueaMarae located in Mangere was able to aid around 181 people with the help of 1200 volunteers that came together within a period of three months. This year, they decided to do the same program but it will last for six months. The TePuea Mara is currently looking for donations of office furniture in New Zealand in order for their operation to start. According to their spokesperson, Hurimoana Dennis, for this year they have dedicated to work alongside with a number of government agencies in order to give the services required.
They believe that they have the capacity to help support families that have been rendered homeless. They were able to do it last year thus they learned a few things from the experience. As a result, they were also able to help put the families back into their homes.
They look at it as an opportunity in order to work alongside with agencies and to show them that engagement is the best way to manage the Maori families, its entire communities as well as those who have been unfortunate enough to be in a position of being homeless.
Mr. Dennis also clarified that the approach of the Marae for this year will be more measured compared to the previous year. They will help about 25 people at one point and it will last between six to twelve weeks.
He also added that they are confident that the families they have aided last year are in a good place now and they are all back in track.
This is the reason why they are currently looking for office furniture in New Zealand to be donated to them because they have to replace the resources they have given away after the end of the homeless program they did last year. They are targeting to help parents and kids as well as solo parent with kids. They will not be focusing on rough sleepers. They considered victims of health substance abuse to be out of their league as of the moment and they are expecting the government to pay their clients.